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Hippos & Rhinos

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Hippos & Rhinos

Has anyone ever seen any hippos or rhinos here at the watering hole? Just wondering?

Thanks Laughing out loud

Anonymous
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Hippos prefer deep water as they need to submerge during the daytime to avoid getting sunburnt. They have very sensitive skins and, although they exhude a reddish coloured substance from their skin which acts as a sunscreen, it is not enough for them to be exposed to the sun for very long.

I was sent the depth of the Nkorho waterhole once but I cannot now find the email, or remember the depth, but it is not enough for either a hippo or a crocodile to survive in - which is why we do not see crocs there either.

The hippo was just passing through on it's way to another, deeper, waterhole or on a foraging trip.

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Also Nov 15
http://www.africam.com/boma/viewtopic.php?p=33478#33478

and December 3rd
http://www.africam.com/boma/viewtopic.php?p=56041#56041

and december 8th
http://www.africam.com/boma/viewtopic.php?p=50480#50480

Haven't seen them for a while I guess!

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Here is a link to rhino picutres captured on 19 December 2006:
http://www.africam.com/boma/viewtopic.php?t=1707&start=45

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Yes, 2 hippos were seen at the Nkorho Pan watering hole on 17 December 2006.
You can see some pictures of them here.
They were back for a very brief visit somewhen in January.

Also rhinos have visited the watering hole several times. I will look for pictures of them.

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Hippos are really rare. We were joking about them spilling all our water if a hippo ever showed up, but lo and behold one DID show up for a bit. Pan no worse for the wear. But that's only one time in 4 or 5 months. Rhinos show up a bit more often but Hyenas, Wildebeest, Impalas, 'raffes, zeebras, Elies and birds are our main fare.. Lions, and cheetahs have shown up more often recently, but they're still the unusual treat.

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